Fully Recovered from Corona Virus? Donate Convalescent Plasma

If you have completely recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients who are still suffering from CoronaVirus by donating your plasma.

A recovered COVID-positive patient is considered to gain enough proteins, called antibodies in his/her blood which helps the body fight infection from the root. The plasma cells, which contain antibodies, could hence help those critically ill gain antibodies to fight the COVID-19 infection when their body is unable to do so and hence, speeding up recovery rate especially for those who belong to a high-risk category, or older or are immuno-compromised.

Studies say that convalescent plasma therapy can help provide short-term immunity against the COVID-19 virus as well.

What is Convalescent Plasma?

Convalescent refers to anyone recovering from a disease. Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of blood that contains antibodies. Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to infections. Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may contain antibodies against COVID-19. Giving this convalescent plasma to hospitalized people currently fighting COVID-19 may help them recover.

Who cannot Donate?

Even though the therapy is remarkably effective, plasma donation has a specific limitation as to who can or cannot donate. Only people who weigh over 50 kilograms, women who are nulliparous (have not had children), have healthy hemoglobin levels, do not have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, uncontrolled blood pressure levels are allowed to donate plasma. Individuals who are found to be positive for HIV, hepatitis B, C, E, and HTLV-1, undergoing cancer are also asked to refrain from the donation.

How Can You Donate Convalescent Plasma?

Many resources are available regarding options to donate convalescent plasma in your area. To learn more and find the place nearest you:

Conclusion

The scientists examined that since the antibodies in the donated plasma decrease within 2 to 4 months, the plasma donors must not wait for longer period and donate their plasma as soon as they become eligible.

A person recovered from COVID-19 disease can donate plasma around 30 to 40 days after they first tested positive, as it is believed that they would have formed enough antibodies in their blood by that time.

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Corona Pandemic Crisis Impact on Jobs in India

The lockdown impacts at least 49 million people across the world are expected to fall into “extreme poverty” as a direct result of the corona pandemic crisis economic destruction and India leads that projection, with some 12 million of its citizens expected to be pushed to the very margins in 2020.

As per the International Labour Organization, it is estimated that the pandemic could reduce global working hours by nearly 7% in Q2 of 2020 – equivalent to 195 million full-time jobs.

Communities Suffering the Worst

According to estimates from the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (a private-sector think tank), some 122 million Indians were forced out of jobs last month alone. Daily wage workers and those employed by small businesses have been hit worst by this pandemic crisis. This also includes roadside vendors, construction industry operators, hawkers, and many who squeeze out a living by pushing handcarts and rickshaws.

As per researchers, they said rural areas were the hardest hit, and the economic misery was the lockdown result, rather than the spread of infections in the remote areas. More than 80% of households had experienced a drop income and many won’t survive much longer without aid, as per the report.

The government has promised cheap credit to farmers, direct transfer of money to the poor, and eased access to food security programs, but these help people who have some documentation, which many of the poorest don’t. With millions of poverty-stricken people now in transit across the country, the food security situation is terrible, news reports are emerging of people search for food through piles of rotting fruit or eating leaves.

How to Handle the Pandemic Consequences?

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation and the world, businesses are looking for ways to stay productive in the face of unprecedented challenges. Businesses have moved to Virtual Recruiting and Online Interviewing of job seekers. From the usage of teleconferencing technologies like Skype and Zoom for interviews to virtual onboarding of employees has become the new normal.

Maintaining social distancing and keeping the current employees safe is the most important exercise followed by organizations presently which have revamped and re-institutionalized the dynamics of operating the organizations.

Despite the challenges Coronavirus has put in front of us, the pandemic has quickly broadened the innovator’s space by creating a solution-based approach in a very short span of time.

Businesses can also look at alternative options like checkout finance to make purchases affordable for consumers by quickly changing the total cost of purchase into small, affordable installments.

Solutions like no-cost EMIs for high-ticket items will encourage buyers to purchase need-based items such as air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. Supporting the MSME sector is crucial for overcoming the local and national economy. One such pathway of support can come from farsighted fintech lenders, who have the technological prowess to serve new-to-credit segments and geographically untapped clusters, and provide them the financial support they require during these challenging situations.

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How to Keep Safe Your House and Family from Corona Virus?

With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases around the world, the more desperate governments are working towards bringing out a cure. As the search for a vaccine continues, simple home remedies such as practicing hygiene, staying indoors and avoiding crowded places can help you and your family stay safe.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deadly coronavirus is said to spread from only infected humans-to-humans. Since this is a respiratory virus, it affects another by coughing, sneezing, or by talking. In such a scenario, it is recommended that you use a face mask without the risk of being infected or infecting another person.

Basic Preventive Measures

These preventive tips can be used in numerous ways to prevent the spread of the virus. These preventive tips include:

  • Regularly washing hands with alcohol-based sanitizers and soap.

Clean your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay in your space or room and use a separate bathroom from other people in the home.

Use separate dishes, glasses, cups, and eating utensils and not share these with other household members. After use, run them through with very hot soapy water. Practice separate bedding and towels and not share these with other household members. 

  • Cover mouth and nose with elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing.

Wear a cloth face covering if they must be around other people. Cloth face coverings are for use only by people older than 2 years old who are not having trouble breathing. Do not leave a child alone while they’re wearing a cloth face covering. To see how to put on and remove cloth face coverings and face masks, clean them, or make your own cloth face covering. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away and then wash their hands right away.

  • Consult a doctor if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

The person who is sick should stay home unless they need medical attention.

Other household members also should stay at home. Follow instructions from your doctor, local health care department, about who should stay home and for how long. If you must go out of the house, wear a cloth face covering or face mask and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) of the distance between you and other people.

Tell other people who were around the sick person. Your local or state health department can help you if you aren’t sure who to notify.

All household members should wash their hands often. Wash the sick person’s used clothes, bedding, and towels with detergent on the hottest temperature possible. Wear gloves when washing their laundry, if possible. Wash your hands well after handling the laundry.

If the person who is sick can’t wear a cloth face covering (or face mask), caregivers should wear one while they’re in the same room.

Also:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with flu, cough, and cold symptoms.
  • Regularly clean phones, light switches, taps, and doorknobs with disinfectants.
  • Make sure shared spaces in the home have good airflow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
  • Keep a sick child’s toys separate from other toys, if possible.
  • Do not allow visitors into your home. This includes children and adults. 

Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles, counters, and phones. 

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How Dangerous is COVID-19?

COVID 19 virus is transmitted and transferred through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person and by touching the virus-contaminated surfaces. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but normal daily use disinfectants can kill it.

Until an effective vaccine against COVID-19 is available, we have to continue to do the hard, albeit tedious, work of keeping ourselves safe and healthy—by wearing facial coverings, keeping our social distance, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home when we’re sick.

No one is immune

This virus has never been seen in humans earlier, so absolutely no one is immune to it. That added to the fact that this virus reaches as easily from person to person as influenza, and infects the upper respiratory system, is what makes it so serious. 

The COVID-19 virus is found in the upper airway, including the mouth and nose. The infection can be spread by coughs, sneezes, huffing and puffing, and likely even loud talking.

Furthermore, we are learning that infected people are unknowingly dispersing the virus, days before they begin to feel the symptoms. Some remain asymptotic throughout.

More deadly than the flu

Although scientists won’t know for sure until testing becomes widespread, COVID-19 could be about 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu, which drives to death in about 0.1% of those it infects, says Donald N. Forthal, MD, professor of medicine and molecular biology and biochemistry, and chief of infectious diseases at UCI School of Medicine.

Researchers also don’t have accurate enough numbers to determine the actual percentage of deaths that result from this viral infection, given that there are a great many mild cases, as well as deaths, that have gone unreported.

But he expects the mortality rate to be lower than what we’re seeing today in hotspots around the globe once the data are finally collected.

Age, sex, chronic conditions increase risk

Medical experts say mortality increases with age, with the highest case-fatality rates being observed in people over 70. “Children rarely have severe disease.”

Obesity and other chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and underlying heart, lung, and kidney disease — increase the risk of severe infection.

The ubiquity of these diseases among older people, who may lack strength owing to aging and the inadequacy of some people with dementia to relate the symptoms they’re experiencing, add to the devastating impact the virus is having in nursing and care homes.

Gender is another risk factor for COVID-19. Men are dying at higher rates than women. While doctors don’t yet know why research has shown similar patterns of cytokine overreactions based on age and gender with other coronaviruses.

Last Words

In a country like India, which is a densely populated and underdeveloped nation, it’s very difficult for the government and medical authorities to manage the corona patients (currently huge in numbers). There are many NGOs and independent volunteers trying their best to serve the nation. Our front line warriors are at higher risk. But where ever Coronaimpacted are just contribute your bit to help the nation to recover from this pandemic soon. Don’t forget to carry your mask and maintain the social distancing. 

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